Black Maria - Diana Wynne Jones
I had read a lot about this book before I read it and to some extent I was expecting to be disappointed. It seems this isn't really anyone's favorite DWJ book. However, I was rather surprised to find that I quite liked it. Not as much as my favorites, but it wasn't nearly as grim as I'd expected. All in all I'd say this is just as good a read as DWJ's other books.